The 35th Annual Virginia Film Festival is November 2-6!

Scene & Heard: The Official Newsletter for the Virginia Film Festival

Last week, our website officially went LIVE with our full program. Now, we have even more exciting news—tickets are finally on sale! Act now to catch this season's most highly anticipated titles, thought provoking documentaries, powerful performances, Oscar-nominated foreign films, insightful discussions with some of today's top film artists, and much more—all in our 2022 program.

🎟 See which films catch your eye and purchase tickets online by diving into our interactive film guide. You can also order via phone at 434.924.3376 or visit us in person at the UVA Arts Box Office in the lobby of the UVA Drama Building, open T-F from noon to 5:00 PM.

For more information on ticketing, box office locations and hours, and special discounts, check out our Tickets Page.

👋 Hey 'Hoos! Full-time UVA students receive one FREE ticket to all films, as available, made possible through the UVA Arts$ Dollars Program. Learn how to reserve your free student tickets!

Some films to consider from our 2022 program...


THE INSPECTION with Tribute to Raúl Castillo

Inspired by writer-director Elegance Bratton’s own life, The Inspection stars Jeremy Pope as Ellis French, who enlists in the Marines as a young gay Black man. Determined to find success in a system that wants him to fail, French battles the realities of arduous basic training on top of deep-rooted prejudice through unexpected friendships and a new sense of belonging. The Inspection will be presented Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 PM in Culbreth Theatre with a tribute to actor Raúl Castillo following the film.

Supported by Verizon


BARDO with Craft Award to Eugenio Caballero

Bardo is Mexico’s Official submission for 2023 Oscar consideration in the Best International Film category (one of 11 such films in the VAFF program this year!) it is the story of acclaimed journalist Silverio who travels to his home in Mexico from LA. A simple trip home turns into an existential narrative that dives into difficult memories, relationships, Mexico’s history, and his own personal identity. Academy-Award-winning production designer Eugenio Caballero will be on hand to receive the VAFF’s inaugural Craft Award for his remarkable career, which has included the films Roma, Pan’s Labrynth, The Impossible, and more. The screening and conversation will take place Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 PM in Culbreth Theatre.



Our Environmental Film Series delves into some of the ways people are trying to change the course of humanity’s relationship with the natural world for the better. Topics range from environmental activism in Powerlands to climate change in To The End are highlighted in this selection of 11 evocative pieces.

The Environmental Film Series is presented by Southern Environmental Law Center.



Developed by the innovative Guest Programmer Federico Cuatlacuatl, the Mobile Cinema is an engaging micro-cinematic experience retrofitted on an adult-sized tricycle. These three outdoor screenings showcase works touching on race, migration, and politics from emerging Black and Indigenous filmmakers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Films include Mom, Vaychiletik, and The Sky is Very Pretty.

The Mobile Cinema program is presented by UVA Arts: supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.



From working at our venues to helping with our special events, volunteers are an integral part of bringing the VAFF to life. This season we are especially looking for a team of drivers to provide rides to our industry guests during their stay in Charlottesville!


We are so grateful for your support, which allows the Virginia Film Festival to bring the very best in cinema to Central Virginia. Please consider helping us continue to celebrate the art of film while exploring a range of compelling topics with a donation to the VAFF. We hope to see you at the movies next month! 

A program of the University of Virginia. Presented by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.